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Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes and Buttercream Icing

Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes

Our favorite; tender, moist, buttery cupcakes. Super easy to put together!
Course Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 32
Calories 148 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup cake flour
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter not softened but remove from refridg and allow to warm for about 15 minutes
  • 4 large eggs
  • Butter Cream recipe below


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Line cupcake pans with 32 cupcake liners. Combine milk and vanilla in a measuring cup and set aside. Break eggs into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of stand mixer and stir together for 30 seconds using paddle attachment.
  3. With mixer on low, drop in butter, a few cubes at a time continuing until all butter is in and mixer resembles coarse sand.
  4. Add eggs one at a time on low speed. With mixer still on low slowly pour in milk and vanilla. Turn mixer to medium and beat for 2 minutes until batter is smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  5. Scoop batter into cupcake liners filling cups with about ¼ cup each. Cups will be just slightly over half full - don't be tempted to over-fill. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until centers are set and toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.